New WWII veterans memorial unveiled in Port Washington

PORT WASHINGTON — Just in time for Veterans Day, a new memorial is unveiled along the lakefront that’s meant to honor veterans from all wars. Some of the bravest men and women from southeastern Wisconsin gathered to dedicate the new memorial that’s an exact replica of the Wisconsin pillar from the World War II memorial in Washington D.C.

“I’ve been blessed with the privilege of serving my country and then being the benefactor of a good life,” said Joe Zadra, a World War II veteran.

Stars and Stripes Honor Flight along with the city of Port Washington held a ceremony Friday afternoon on the campus of the WE Energies generating station.

Joe Demler and Harvey Kurz are two World War II veterans who helped with dedicate the new site. They poured water from the World War II Memorial fountain, and volcanic ash from Iwo Jima onto the grounds at the site.

“Now we’ve got it for the final resting place for it it’s a great tribute to the veterans,” replied Joe Demler.

Even though it’s been more than 60 years since the war ended, many of the veterans felt overwhelmed by Friday’s service.

“Tonight will be another night where I can’t sleep,” said Harvey Kurz.

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